Is it time to plough a fresh furrow?

The realities of 2017 may force the IFA to rethink tillage farming

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Elaine Byrne

24th September, 2017
Mike Denver preforms at the ploughing comptetion last week Pic: rollingNews.ie

The Ploughing Championships are not actually about ploughing. Only a fraction of the record number of visitors (291,500, or the capacity of four Croke Parks) discover the art of turning over the soil.

This anomaly is in keeping with the traditional rural Irish way of communicating: the pretence of talking about one issue while all the time referring to a completely different topic. The delicate sophistication of subtlety is preferred over the blunt instrument of directness....

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